As homeowners go about their lives, it can be easy to look at things like their plumbing and electrical work without thinking about how dangerous those things can really be. An improperly installed washing machine or poorly wired socket can spell disaster, not only for the homeowner but also for the person doing the installation. Home improvement professionals handle risks like these every day, ensuring that homeowners don’t have to worry about the potential dangers.
We wanted to know about the daily risks and dangers that our experts face just doing their jobs. We asked them to tell us about the most dangerous aspects of their work in the hopes that homeowners can gain a better appreciation for just how risky a lot of this work can be–and how valuable professionals are. Hiring a home improvement professional doesn’t just ensure the work is done well. It also ensures that the work is done safely!
Below, we’ve compiled a few of the helpful answers our experts provided. Check back later in the week for a follow-up article!
What’s the most dangerous part of your job?
Have you ever had a close call on a job site?
What would a worst-case scenario for your job look like?
What aspects of your work should never be attempted by an untrained person?
What’s the biggest disaster you’ve ever heard of an untrained person getting themselves into?
“The two gases [LPG and Natural] are so different that the wrong one installed can blow up an entire building along with any one in it. This is a silent killer and too often the media does not [report it because] ... there is nothing media worthy about a house fire, and as a result media education is missing.” read more
“Besides the obvious ones of the dangers of electrocution, electricians are often working at very high altitudes. They have to not only be aware of the fall, but they also have to be very mindful of the fact that they are sometimes working on “live” or “energized” circuitry while they are up there. ... Getting hit with an electrical “jolt” can easily cause a technician to lose his or her balance or grip.” read more
“We never let an untrained employee under the house without the proper knowledge & equipment. There is always a potential for something bad to happen so the better prepared our plumbers are, the less likely something will go wrong. We have heard many stories of employees that weren’t trained & found themselves in a risky situation. Some were lucky while others ended up with bad injuries. It is best to leave those kind of jobs for expert technicians that have the knowledge, experience & expertise.” read more